three-berry trifle with lemony whipped cream

The ultimate summery dessert, this tangy, sweet, light and fluffy treat brings the wow factor to any dinner party. I made this for my family in South Florida while visiting my grandfather for Easter (yes, the same one who shares my obsession with blueberries). We had a heavy meal and it was humid out, so I knew we would want something fruity and light to cap off the meal. Plus, it's fun to put together and would also make great individual desserts, layered in pretty glasses and topped with a sprig of mint. Get creative and try whatever fruit you like or use pound cake if you prefer it. Just don't forget the thick strips of lemon zest on top (or candied lemon peel); it adds color and cues the lucky eaters in that it's lemony. Enjoy!

Three-berry Trifle with Lemony Whipped Cream
  • 4 pints of berries – I like strawberries (2 pints, hulled and quartered), blueberries (1 pint) and raspberries (1 pint)
  • 1 lemon
  • 1/4 c sugar plus 2 tbsp, reserved
  • 1 1/2 tsp. cornstarch
  • 2 c heavy whipping cream
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 11 oz. lemon curd (find this on the jelly aisle – don't be scared, it's delicious!)
  • 1 pre-made angel-food cake, sliced into 1/2-inch chunks
  1. In a high-walled, large pot, gently toss the berries with the juice of 1/2 a lemon. Turn the heat up to medium-high and add the juice of the other half, 1/4 c sugar, and cornstarch. Simmer for three minutes, stirring very gently every so often. Remove pot from stove and place in an ice bath to cool.
  2. Whip the cream, remaining sugar and vanilla in a cold glass or steel bowl until it has soft peaks. In a large bowl, add 1/4 whipped cream and the lemon curd; whisk until incorporated and curd is loosened. Add the rest of the whipped cream and gently fold until smooth and evenly mixed.
  3. In a trifle bowl (I got mine for $8 at Target!), place 1/3 cream in the bottom and top with 1/2 of the cake chunks. Top with 1/2 the berries, making sure to also add the juice which will absorb into the cake. Repeat; and finish with the last of the whipped cream. Zest 1/2 a lemon on top. Optional: add leftover berries and mint sprigs for color.

No comments:

Post a Comment